Wright argues that 2 Cor. 5:21 cannot support the traditional Reformed understanding of imputation for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons:
- The passage speaks of God's righteousness, not Christ's
- "Righteousness" means covenant faithfulness
- To read the passage in terms of imputation does not make sense of the overall context and provides the reader with a somewhat detached gospel statement
Fesko also cites Beale's argument that Isaiah 53 is the specific subtext to 2 Cor. 5:21. We see the dual ideas of forgiveness and imputation, for example, when we read "the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isa. 53:6b) and "by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities" (Isa. 53:11) Contra Wright, therefore, God imputes his righteousness in Christ, which means the righteousness of Christ to those who are saved. (p252)
We'll look at 1 Cor. 1:30 in the next post.